Austria launches consultation on 5G spectrum auction procedure

17 Jul 2017

Austria’s Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (Rundfunk und Telekom Regulierungs, RTR) has launched a consultation on the award procedure for frequencies in the 3.4GHz-3.8GHz range, paving the way for the development of 5G mobile communications in the country. The aim of the consultation is for the RTR to develop, together with the market participants, the best possible allocation method and procedure for the frequency range, including auction conditions, spectrum caps and supply obligations. The watchdog has proposed the allocation of 190MHz of spectrum in the 3410MHz-3600MHz range and 200MHz in the 3600MHz-3800MHz band.

The RTR has invited interested parties to submit their input and comments on the matter by 15 September 2017, with a view to conducting the spectrum auction in the second or third quarter of 2018.